So, the American Academy of Religion extended its proposal deadline a week (I think they did that last year too) to the great signs of relief of thousands of scholars of religion in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. We had till March 1 (tonight, or rather, technically, last night) at 11:59 p.m. to submit our online proposals for papers to give at the next Annual Meeting, which is in November. The chairs of the various groups and seminars and sections receive the proposals (with anonymity for the people proposing, so the judging is fair -- though if you know someone's style and theological preoccupations, you can sometimes guess) and they make their choice over the next month.
So I got my proposal in at... 11:59 p.m. Exactly. Editing till the very last minute. It was close. The proposal was also shorter than my usual blabla, though there is a limit of 1,000 words and if you go over the electronic thingie stops you. (Computer technology is a wonderful thing when it works.) I logged 733 words and I think that included the title. I love the title and am rather proud of it, but I can't tell you what it is because a blog is a public place. If the paper gets accepted I'll let you know. We are supposed to find out on April 1. Fools that we are.
And now I am going to finish writing my sermon for tomorrow, which is almost done and involves Scarlett O'Hara and the prophet Samuel. The Holy Spirit told me to do it. Seriously. Yes, the man born blind is in the sermon too.
A blessed 4th Sunday in Lent to all you Lenties out there. And to all, peace.